Tabor Teacher’s Journey Through Vietnam


He wasn’t sure what to expect when he got there. As a history teacher at Tabor Academy, Gary Sousa knows the history between the U.S. and Vietnam – as most of us do. But Gary is a historian, a traveler, photographer, and among other things, a diver, and he always wanted to visit Vietnam. Sousa […] Read more »

Celebrating Earth Day in Marion


The Marion Natural History Museum hosted their very first Earth Day Celebration on April 19, providing little ones with activities that focused on our planet and stimulated their senses. There was a make your own planet earth pinwheel table, a station to decorate your own “Earth cookie” with green and blue icing, a puppet show […] Read more »

The Day of the Grackle


It’s happening again. The skies are blackened by swarms of winged devils. The calm of early mornings and twilight reveries vibrate with evil squawks. The treetops sway under the weight of thousands of single-minded beings. They come to procreate on my property and then raise their young, whose waste will be spread across my backyard, […] Read more »

Families Flock to Rochester Easter Events


There was no other place a kid in Rochester would rather be the day before Easter than in the fields at Plumb Corner. Well over a hundred children lined the two fields, ready to hunt the hundreds of colorful plastic Easter eggs filled with candy that lay in the grass before them. The excitement over […] Read more »

Destination Imagination Global Finals


After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem solving in regional and state tournaments, ‘Saphistikashun’ and ‘Unknown Error’ have both earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world, to be held May 21-24 in Knoxville, TN. Team members for Saphistikashun – representing […] Read more »

Peirson Woods and Howland Marsh


The Sundays of spring are sacred inside the cathedral of the woods. And this past Sunday, the first springy Sunday of the season, I found two wildlife reserves in the throes of this emerging spring, far off from the beaten path of Route 6 in Marion. Hello fellow nemophilists, and welcome to the third installment […] Read more »

Take a Hike – Old Aucoot District


Have you ever noticed that each wood has its own unique personality – its own distinct feel to it? The difference in character between two woods had never felt more unambiguous to me than earlier this week, as I will explain in this second installment of Take a Hike!             The most obvious of reasons […] Read more »

Beach Bash Raises Money for Fireworks


People were still trickling in at 8:00 pm as the Marion Fireworks Committee’s second annual beach party on April 5 started picking up the pace with music and lights provided by Fun 107’s Michael Rock, and guests holding drinks with little umbrellas began shaking their hips. There was the scent of tropical coconutty sunblock in […] Read more »

Imagination and Appreciation at RMS


A living, breathing, (and giggling) dictionary of vocabulary words displayed their intellect and imagination at the Rochester Memorial School during its first annual Vocabulary Day Parade on April 4. Third and fourth graders each selected a challenging word to learn and emulate, donning costumes the students made at home to bring their word to life […] Read more »

ORR Presents The Seussical


The Old Rochester Regional High School drama club will proudly perform The Seussical this week at the high school auditorium. Shows will open April 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 pm and April 6 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for seniors and students and $15 for general admission. Directed by Paul Sardinha, this fun […] Read more »